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Structural Geology with Geophysics - MSc

University of Leeds School of Earth & Environment

Full time September MSc 12 months full time

About the course

This course is an applied structural geology Masters and will provide you with the advanced theoretical and practical training needed to flourish in a career in applied structural geology both across a range of geo-energy industries and as preparation for independent academic research.

You will gain a skillset combining advanced structural techniques and interpretation and assimilation of sub-surface data, an understanding of structural systems in time and space, at a geodynamic, basin and resource scale. You will develop an appreciation of both the geological and geophysical constraints of sub-surface interpretation and model building and the associated uncertainties

This will enable you to use a combination of structural and geophysical techniques to solve geological problems. As a

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or above in a geological, geophysical, environmental geology, mining or related subject. Mathematics to A-level is also preferred, although GSCE level is accepted.

If you have a lower qualification and a non-standard geology degree, you may be considered on an ad-hoc basis, supported by relevant experience. You may also have to take an entrance exam.

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Where is University of Leeds


Student Profile(s)

Adam Marsh

I believe geology as a subject is a great preparation for working in virtually any technical field (such as life sciences) as it teaches the fundamentals of the scientific method, encourages a generalist understanding of several scientific fields (e.g. biology, chemistry and physics) and the importance of clear and contextual communication. These are all skills that I draw upon on a daily basis despite not having anything directly to do with Geology.

As with many students, I chose the MSc in Structural Geology with Geophysics course with a view to joining the mining or petroleum industries. This particular course played off my strengths within physics and the areas of geology I found of most interest. Beyond this, the University of Leeds is a world-class institution and a leader in both the teaching and research of the Geological field.

At the time I particularly enjoyed the fieldwork. Being able to see the practical implications of the theory (particularly when you are considering the movement of millions of tonnes of rock) helps to put into perspective hard to grasp concepts. It also provided an excellent opportunity to visit some very beautiful parts of the world.

With hindsight, the structure of the assignment was by far the most useful aspect of the course. Technical writing, to a tight word/page limit and needing to convey information and recommendations concisely is an incredibly useful skillset almost regardless of where you end up taking your career.

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